Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Second Look--March 17, 2016

It rained most of last week which limited my exploration time for a Second Look. So I looked mostly around the house between showers. I found more crocus blooming, but no daffodils yet. I had a surprise when I looked out my front door yesterday and saw that one of the peris japonica bushes was in bloom. It is about a month ahead of schedule.

Otherwise, the bird activity has picked up again. For 4 days, we saw almost no activity around the feeders. I'm not sure what was going on (my theory was that there were extra hawks in the area), but the birds are slowly coming back. I thought all of the juncos had gone because they are a winter bird for us, but I've seen a few the last couple of days.

Here are some things I saw this week
 during a Second Look.


Pieris japonica

Bluebird, male

Dark-eyed junco

Cardinal, female

Sunrise Sunday morning. 


  1. Things are blooming ahead of schedule here, too. We have had an unusually mild winter with (for us) minimal snowfall. Kind of a nice change of pace. :)

    I'm not sure whether or not we have Pieris japonica. It's pretty!

    1. Pieris japonica is also called Japanese andromeda. We had a mild winter temperature-wise also, but so far the pierius japonica is the only thing ahead of schedule.

  2. Crocus and daffodils are gone now, most of the blooming trees are blooming , so is the blasted privet (Achoo) and the dogwoods are fully budded just waiting to explode along with the azaleas. Right now it looks almost like a fairy land here. And pollen, did I mention the pollen?

    1. What a beautiful time of year--except for the pollen. Yes, I know what you mean about the pollen. :(


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